The summit is at our feet

Last weekend I picked up a second hand (1954) copy of Annapurna by Maurice Herzog. For the uninitiated, this recounts the first successful summit of an 8000m peak, Annapurna 1, by a stellar French team in June of 1950. The book has gone on to sell over 15 million copies and is believed to be the best-selling mountaineering book in history.

One night in Squamish…

Last month I was lucky enough to travel to Victoria (British Columbia), to attend and present at the annual meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Despite common misconceptions, academics do have to work hard to create such opportunities, but when they do arise we have it good. Indeed beside work, it was also a chance to squeeze in a ‘micro adventure’ and catch up with an old friend.